Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Thursday presented the 2018 budget to the Sokoto State House of Assembly with a total estimate of
N220 billion earmarked to be spent by the government.
“The Budget, tagged ‘Budget of sustainable positive change’, will focus on completion of the projects started in the preceding year and ensure execution of new ones in line with our development policy agenda. It is a budget carefully formulated to address the fundamental future needs of our people.
“On 2017 budget, let me announce it here that the implementation was smooth and in harmony with provisions of existing laws and regulations. It is also gladdening to note that, in the face of critical resource constraints, we have recorded significant milestone of worthy note,” the Governor added.
Tambuwal said in order to provide conducive economic and commercial environment in the state, the Ministry of Energy would be created in 2018.
He said key projects earmarked to be executed include the completion of the 38mw independent power project inherited from the previous administration, construction of 30km feeder road from Kuruwa-Kaurare in Tureta Local Government, 10km feeder road from Goronyo-Birjingo-Tuluttu in Goronyo Local Government, 18km feeder road from Toronkawa-Binjin Muza-Kibiyare in Yabo Local Government Area, 15km feeder road from Kebbe-Girkau-Mazoji in Kebbe Local Government among others.
While urging the lawmakers to expedite action on the budget documentation, Tambuwal assured that all provisions passed will be implemented for the benefit of the citizenry.
In his remarks, the Speaker of the state House of Assemby, Hon Salihu Maidaji, commended Tambuwal for achievements recorded since he came to power in 2015.
He said the lawmakers will work extra hard to ensure the passage of the document in record time.